I agree that translational medicine research is a valuable and worthy area of pursuit, one that should be supported by funding from sources that can afford it (11-6, A1, “Tax for research soundly rejected”).
It was inappropriate that a sales tax on the residents of Jackson County should have been proposed to pay for this research, especially when employment and wages are declining, social supports such as federal SNAP funding are being cut deeply and our infrastructure has become dangerously inadequate.
Too many taxpayers throughout the country — not just Jackson County — are barely getting by. Additional sales taxes that would not address our current and threatened needs but would only make purchasing basic necessities more expensive for the people who can least afford to pay for them are unconscionable.
At a time when taxpayers are being squeezed to support the activities of corporations, either through tax loopholes or outright government funding, I find it appalling that anyone with any sense of social and economic justice would even suggest a sales tax as the proper support for private enterprise.
Kansas City Sophomoric stunts
Sophomoric stunts such as shutting down the government and attempting to defund the Affordable Care Act have gone on far too long.
What this nation needs is a return to the Congress of years ago when moderates worked out compromises (see the Missouri Compromise in 1820) rather than following the ego-trippers on the lunatic fringes of the far right and the far left.
The mainstream media, of course, would disagree because those news amateurs enjoy the conflict that supposedly spikes ratings.
Nevada, Mo. Cost vs. benefit
On Nov. 4, the Star published “The dead earn a good living,” and again did a disservice to the public.
Please, please, please quit running stories about agencies or businesses that don’t accurately account for every penny without asking the fundamental question, “What would it cost (or what does it cost) to try to count every penny, and what is the value of that effort?”
It is really easy to write a story that beats up an agency or business because you feel it is not adequately accounting. Cost-benefit analysis needs to be part of the equation.
One of the reasons government costs more than it should and government lacks efficiency is the inefficient way it manages and spends money — driven primarily by politics.
Because politicians and bureaucrats are continually trying to score easy points or defend against possible critics, too many people minutely track expenditures and produce too many reports, compared with the actual value being provided.
If your writers don’t quantify the cost-benefit, you don’t do a thing to fix the problem.
Jefferson City Stop foreign aid
Let’s keep our cash.
Why don’t we try this for a while? Instead of sending our money to countries that despise us, let’s send food, bottled water, clothing, tools, electronics and bedding. No more cash to people whose leaders are likely to keep most of it anyway.
I can’t help but believe that would stimulate production of goods in our great country. If we keep raising the debt ceiling, however, we won’t be great for much longer.
Don Tracy Sr.
Kansas City Leave MAX alone
One morning I boarded the Main Street Metro Area Express for my trip to work. To my surprise, there was a gentleman conducting a survey on the bus on the efficiency of services.
He informed me that the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority intended to change the MAX route to accommodate a light-rail system intended to run between City Market and Crown Center.
I believe in progress, but this is ridiculous. I use the Metro to and from work, making the trips in 35 minutes.
It works. Why change it?
It seems to me that the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority and City Hall are so preoccupied with pleasing the tourism industry that they forget who really accesses the system. We, the residents, are being lost in the shuffle.
Tourists are here for a only few days. How much revenue are you going to lose if we no longer access services?
Let light rail connect the Northland or Johnson County to the rest of the city. That is where it’s needed. Then inner-city residents without cars could access those jobs.
Leave the MAX alone. It’s fine.
Raymond J. Jemison Jr.
Kansas City Expand Medicaid
Missouri makes it harder than most states to qualify for Medicaid, disqualifying men who are not disabled, young women without children and no longer able to get insurance with their parents and even disabled individuals who can work part time and make anything above the poverty line.
Even if any of these people did get jobs, there’s no assurance they wouldreceive coverage or that it would be financially within their reach.
Missouri could easily fix these problems by accepting Medicaid expansion.
Men and young women without children could see a doctor without having to go to the emergency room, resulting in healthier citizens and huge savings for hospitals and the state. People with lifelong disabilities could seek part- or full-time work without fear of losing the coverage their lives depend on.
Expanding Medicaid is not only fiscally responsible but also empowering for many citizens by providing them the opportunity to give back, making Missouri a richer, healthier state.
Kansas City Path to failure
No matter your religious affiliation, or even if you don’t have one, it is hard to ignore the wisdom Christ gave us when he said, “You judge a tree by the fruit it bears.”
The Republican Party and especially the tea party should be aware that the goals of destroying social programs that provide food, medicine and shelter to the poor will result in economic genocide.
Ignoring this and contending that it is for churches to handle social issues puts us on the same path as failed nations. Only those with money deserve to live.
Kansas City Back Obamacare
The United States has a policy not to negotiate with terrorist organizations. I believe the same policy applies to the president and the House majority.
President Barack Obama should not negotiate with the terrorist in Congress (Republican Party). If the president believes in the Affordable Care Act, he needs to stand firm.
Rev. Gary R. Charles
Independence Helping the needy
Aside from providing the highest level of security in the world, the U.S. government is also the world’s No. 1 charity. No other government provides as much for its neediest people.
Caring for those who are unable to care for themselves is a sacred trust. No other entity is capable of such a daunting responsibility.
Yet, government budget-cutters are sparing nothing, including funds vital for the support of the needy. With no voice, the poor, sick and disabled are thrown under the bus of greed. Politics overrules compassion.
Political motivations that trump charity are heartless and cruel. Approval and support of cuts is not a desirable character value. It is lazy.
Elimination of funding is easy voting with a raised hand. Charity work is hard laboring with a raised spirit.
Snatching funds damages the lives of those who obey the rules. Fear and anger of lawless cheaters overcome responsibility and benevolence.
Valuing money and power over charity is not a character trait that this city, this state or this nation needs from anyone.
Lenexa Political spending
I wonder whether the Democrat media pundits decrying spending and PAC money in political races have anything to say about the Virginia governors race (11-6, A8, “Governors, mayors chosen in elections across the nation”) in which the winning Democrat candidate outspent the Republican almost 2-to-1.